Museum of Fine Arts

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Museum of Fine Arts
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Boston's oldest, largest and best-known art institution, the MFA houses one of the world's most comprehensive art collections and is renowned for its Impressionist paintings, Asian and Egyptian collections and early American art.
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The area
Neighborhood: Fenway / Kenmore
The Curse of the Bambino may have ended years ago, but loyal Red Sox fans will continue to infiltrate this home to historic Fenway Park, where you can find victory banners, people yelling in stereotypical Boston accents, and lots of sports bars. Located within Kenmore Square, the old gas station Citgo sign is another Boston skyline classic seen throughout the city. In addition to a hectic and diehard sports mentality, this neighborhood is also home to some of Boston’s many universities. Move from Boston University territory to that of Northeastern, and spend time at the famous Museum of Fine Arts. For more culture, check out the smaller but equally beautiful Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Continue off the beaten path and check out the green space in the Back Bay Fens, a pretty community garden. This diverse neighborhood has a mix of universities, sports, culture, and more residential green space.
How to get there
  • Museum of Fine Arts • 3 min walk
  • Northeastern University • 5 min walk
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8,156 reviews
Very good

Fort Lauderdale, FL2,397 contributions
Excellent museum
Jun 2021 • Friends
Simply the best museum in Boston. So much to see and visit. We especially loved the Greek renaissance period and colonial New England exhibition. We will return
Written June 20, 2021
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Cocoa Beach, FL1,140 contributions
Not One of Our Favorites But Still Very Good
Jun 2021
We've visited many, many art/antiquities museums across the US (and outside the US) and we'd place the Museum of Fine Arts in the bottom half of the museums we've visited. Still, the museum was very good and certainly worth touring. It does certainly have some very interesting art and antiquities, and we especially enjoyed the Egyptian antiquities area.

The museum itself is a little un-intuitive with how it's laid out, which makes it a little bit difficult to see everything without losing track of where you have and haven't been. Still, we enjoyed our time here and would recommend giving it a visit.

-The Power Trippers
Written June 17, 2021
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Fairfax, VA172 contributions
One of the Worst Viewing Experiences, but Still Impressive Works
Jun 2021
We recently visited the museum in June and this was the first time for us. We were very much looking forward to this one of three major art museums in the US. But... First, art works are excellent although the whole American artists section was closed. I missed out on many works of my favorite American artists, which was a great disappointment for us. I probably missed much more than American artists as you're hard-pressed to find a museum directory between galleries and corridors. It was like a treasure hunt.

But the real problem at MFA was no crowd control whatsoever! With or without Covid... No "real" directions that people could adhere to and they're letting way too many people in...PERIOD. I don't understand it as with their timed entries. We visited a several art museums, including National Gallery of Art, Barnes Foundation, Phillips Collections AFTER REOPENING. They were FAR BETTER. Specially for Monet exhibit, the first room you entered was just packed with two dozens people in a single room and no one was moving. No one was able to move, actually. I don't know why the museum staff, who was just outside the door checking the tickets, let us in. We should have been in line to get in outside the exhibit so that people inside could look at the arts for Pete's sake. The worst crowd control ever at any major museum. Since it was the first time for us, I needed a map but they said they've done away with maps because of the Covid, but no crowd control for the Monet exhibit??? They need much better layout which people could actually follow. Still impressed with the art works, beloved by many around the world. Is it worth visiting? ABSOLUTELY! But the viewing experience at MFA has a lot of room for improvements. For Monet exhibit, get the earliest timed ticket (I guess, the museum timed ticket) you could get.. otherwise, you would be in a second row to view these wonderful works.
Written June 12, 2021
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Fred B
2 contributions
May 2021
We could not believe the variety of famous paintings here. From Monet to Renoir we were overwhelmed. You don’t expect so many in a city like Boston.
Written June 4, 2021
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Maria P
4 contributions
Enjoyed the Monet Exhibit and the European Art
Jun 2021
Worth going! Great collection! There are renovations going on so be on the alert for that! Wonderful shop!
Written June 3, 2021
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Indianapolis, IN25 contributions
Fantastic museum
Apr 2021
Wonderful depth and breath of art. Could easily spend two days to see it all. It's a must see for anyone interested in art or history.
Written May 3, 2021
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Weimar, Germany46 contributions
Purchase Ticket Online Ahead of Visit
Apr 2021
This was the one place in Boston I had to visit and it did not disappoint. A great collection of different types of Art, well laid out and organized. The staff with whom I interacted were great - very informed and happy to help.
Just be told. You need to have purchased your ticket ahead of time online. Otherwise you will find yourself sitting out front doing it on your phone. Annoying but I got my ticket and it was worth it.
Written April 12, 2021
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Adriana P
Pembroke Pines, FL888 contributions
Great exhibits
Apr 2021
This museum has many wonderful pieces of art by multiple artists around the world. I particularly enjoyed the Egyptian art display as well as paintings by famous European artists. The building itself is interesting too; the juxtaposition of the older building and the more modern side, make for interesting architecture and very appealing altogether. I also enjoyed the large sculptures located outside the museum. The exhibits are well organized and neatly labeled.
I was a bit annoyed by the "self-perceiving" bathroom signs, I didn't find that necessary. It's not necessary to bring a political agenda into a museum, considering they are visited by people of all walks of life.
Written April 8, 2021
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Waban, MA21 contributions
Monet exhibit experience
Nov 2020
I am writing to express my public health concern and overall dissatisfaction with my visit today.

I appreciate the health check and timed entry but once inside the exhibit nearly no one was social distancing. Your safety personal were paying no attention at all to crowd control or one way movement through the exhibit.

As a matter of fact, the exhibit was the only place in the Museum without arrows and prompts for where to stand and how to travel in one direction.

People bunched up, stood too close, walked in circles, and were simply not following protocol.

If people are expected to move through a supermarket in one way aisles, socially distanced, they certainly can in a museum!

You absolutely sold an excessive number of tickets per one hour time block.

My daughter is so distressed by the experience that she has scheduled a COVID test before she feels safe about seeing her boyfriend.

We should have left, but we were inside before we realized how difficult and unsafe and anxiety provoking the experience would be. (Outside visitors were also having trouble following directions also, but we thought they were perhaps just excited.)

I am 66 years old. I can only pray that what was supposed to be a lovely afternoon with my daughter was not a mistake.

I recently renewed my membership because I trusted that the MFA had the best interest of its patrons foremost.
Written November 27, 2020
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Boston, MA209 contributions
It's Reopened, but Better to Wait until after pandemic
Oct 2020
The MFA has reopened as of September 26, 2020. However, you need to purchase advance, timed entrance tickets. It is extremely difficult getting the information you need for discounted or free admissions under programs you qualify for. Worse, only a small part of the museum is actually open, at this point mainly the Art of the Americas and two temporary exhibits, a fact the MFA does not publicize before you shell out your $25 per person. Granted, capacity and operations are very difficult during the COVID pandemic. However pleasant browsing the nearly deserted galleries, I would suggest waiting to visit. MFA is not at all eager to welcome visitors at this point! As evidenced by a 2-3 checkpoint gauntlet to enter!
Written October 6, 2020
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